Biography

Bruce Levine, a 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee, has spent his life as a music and theatre professional, composer and a writer of fiction and poetry.

As an oboist, specializing on the English Horn, he played with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony under conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Erich Leinsdorf and Gunther Schuller and was a member of the original Broadway cast of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

As a conductor/pianist he’s done everything from being the youngest musical director on Broadway to playing for Joni Mitchell in Madison Square Garden.

About his earliest compositions Leonard Bernstein said that they show “real musicality!”: he’s written a featured song for Sesame Street, arrangements for Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder and classical pieces ranging from works for solo instruments to symphony orchestra; published by Carl Fischer, Bourne, Theodore Presser and many can be heard on Art of Sound Music. His shows have been produced in New York and around the country.

Recently he’s focused on writing fiction and poetry. His literary catalogue includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, magazine articles, and a screenplay. Over three hundred of his works are published on over twenty-five on-line literary journals including Ariel Chart, Friday Flash Fiction, Literally Stories and in over forty print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal and Dual Coast Magazine. Six eBooks are available from Amazon.com.

After a hiatus for the past few years Bruce has returned to writing new music and has added a number of pieces for solo instruments, a Septet and a new woodwind quintet piece called The River.

A native Manhattanite, Bruce now lives in Maine. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his wife, dancer/actress, Lydia Franklin.